President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Speaking Session

Short Biography

DR EDEN WOON has been President of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) since September 1, 2018. AIT is an international institution for graduate education in Bangkok, founded in 1959, promoting technological change and sustainable development in Asia. He also serves as Special Advisor to the education-charity Shaw Foundation in Hong Kong and was most recently the Vice Chairman Asia of the Berlin-headquartered environment engineering company Alba Group.

From 2010 until 2017, Dr Woon was the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)—HKUST has perennially been ranked as one of the top ten universities of Asia.

From 2006 to 2010, Dr Woon was the Managing Director of Li & Fung Group’s China Office and Managing Director of Toys ”R” Us China in Shanghai, and he has also been a Vice-President of Starbucks Coffee Company in China.   In 1997-2006, Dr Woon was the CEO of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

Dr Woon served in the US Air Force until 1993 when he retired as a Colonel.  He once served as China policy advisor to the US Secretary of Defense.  Before that, Dr. Woon taught Mathematics at the US Air Force Academy for six years, becoming an Associate Professor.

Dr Woon received his BA degree from the University of Iowa and his MA, MS, and PhD degrees, all in Mathematics, from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also a graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.